Randy Weeks readies new CD
Sunday, November 16, 2008
– Randy Weeks will follow his 2006 album "Sugarfinger" with "Going My Way" on Certifiable Records on Feb. 24, 2009. Weeks recently moved from Los Angeles to Austin, which is reflected on the CD. The album was produced by Will Sexton and features such players as long-time guitarist Tony Gilkyson plus Austinites Eliza Gilkyson, Cindy Cashdollar, Rick Richards and Mark Hallman.
The music includes funky soul-infused songs ("Fine Way To Treat Me" and "I Think You Think") and rootsy rockers ("A Lot To Talk About" and the title track)
Weeks is best known for penning Lucinda Williams' hit "Can't Get Go" from "Car Wheels on a Gravel Road." Weeks was also a founding member of HighTone Records artists the Lonesome Strangers.
Weeks said he moved because "Life in L.A. was comfortable - maybe a little too comfortable. I knew I could count on a packed house at every gig, and I lived in a cool little shack three blocks from the beach. But it became time to shake things up. Sometimes that's what needed to shift things into high gear."
Weeks' prior solo records are 2000's "Madeline" (HighTone) and two self-releases, "Sold Out at the Cinema" (2003).
CD reviews for Randy Weeks
Going My Way
Country music fans have recently lamented the fact their favorite art form has become more of a synthesis of rock and pop than pure country. On his latest, Randy Weeks proves to be no exception to the aforementioned trend, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. He is a deft singer-songwriter who for the most part combines clever lyrics with catchy, hummable melodies.
I Couldn't Make It, Fine Way To Treat Me, Little Bit of Sleep and the title track would all make good crossover »»»
One of the best experiences in the world, for a music-lover, is to hear a CD by an unfamiliar musician and be completely blown away. The only thing better is to discover that said musician is not unknown--just not prolific.
Randy Weeks' third CD delivers just such an experience. "Transistor Radio" is purportedly already a hit in Los Angeles, Weeks' homebase. But for those of us who missed out on Weeks when he was with the Lonesome Strangers and missed his debut career that »»»
Ex-Lonesome Stranger Randy Weeks returns to action with this solo release. Those looking for Lonesome Strangers redux are likely to be disappointed, however. Weeks's singing duty in that band was mainly to contribute to its hillbilly harmony; here, his distinctive, reedy voice stands on in its own. Here, too, Weeks provides his own clutch of songs, instead of (for the most part) singing on those of former partner Jeff Rymes. The result is more diverse material - the soulful "Baby You Have to »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk
When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: 19 years later, Harris returns with "Wrecking Ball"
At one point, Emmylou Harris told the crowd that she could not believe it had been 19 years since she released "Wrecking Ball." That was most understandable because based on this concert tour devoted towards playing the left of center atmospheric disc, the song bird has hardly missed a beat.
Harris' label, Nonesuch, just released a... »»»
Concert Review: Hurray for the Riff: more than just a great name
Hurray for the Riff Raff is one well-named group. Not that it signifies all that much musically, but at least it's catchy and makes you want to root for the underdog. With a lot to live up moniker wise, the band in concert - which, in reality, is lead singer Alynda Lee Segarra from New Orleans and her backing mates - more than lived up to the "pressure.... »»»
Country News Digest
Elsewhere in the news
Currently at the CST blogs
For 25 years, Gerry House spent every weekday morning in people's living rooms. As the host of the much-loved and much-acclaimed morning show, Gerry House and the House Foundation, House reigned on the airwaves on Nashville's WSIX-FM from 1983-2010, taking a brief hiatus to work for WSM-AM in Nashville and for KLAC in Los Angeles.... »»»
Expectations of being a "Carter Girl" - the way Carlene Carter refers to herself with her latest album title - must be extremely daunting at times. "It's as difficult as you want to make it," Carter explains. "I've always just embraced the fact that I was born into this family and very proud to be part of it." However, much like her mother, June Carter Cash, Carlene has always been a free spirit and fiercely individualistic.
To take a page from Judy Collins' notebook, Lydia Loveless has seen life from both sides now. After a childhood in tiny Coshocton, Ohio, a move to Columbus and a gig playing bass in her family's new wave/rock band as a teenager, Loveless set out on her own musical path at the age of 17. In 2010, the 20-year-old Loveless released her debut album, "The Only Man," which was critically acclaimed but just barely heard by the general public.... »»»
It might have been easier, and certainly less emotionally taxing, had Carlene Carter just recorded a batch of Carter Family songs using vocal muscle memory alone. However, as soon as you hear Carter describing the losses of loved ones during "Lonesome Valley," you realize right away this is not just some sort of capitalization on a revered family name. It's a personal testimony. »»»
Turn It Up
Josh Thompson's sophomore release, "Turn It Up" is his first on Toby Keith's Show Dog label. It seems to be a good match because both artists are cut from the same cloth. Thompson is also known as a champion of the everyman. Turns out they both have the same tendency to go over the top. Thompson excessively showcases the blue collar lifestyle the way Keith champions patriotism. »»»